LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As news of the shooting death of a former UofL football player who graduated last year continues to spread, students on campus are understandably shocked and surprised.
It started first with word of a shooting downtown - not far from where some commuter students say they live. Their concern grew when they heard a Cardinal football player – Daniel Covington – was the victim.
"I was pretty shocked, I mean, I know who he was," said UofL junior Elizabeth Stege. "I used to watch him play football so I was pretty shocked definitely."
The shock escalated when word got out from sources that UofL Cardinal baseball player Isaiah Howes was believed to be the man who pulled the trigger – and police are saying Howes acted in self-defense.
"You don't want to think that anyone who's on this campus could do anything like that and it's just so sad that could happen," Stege said.
"I kind of figured that people that are recruited for sports by the university might have a little bit more maturity or discipline, should I say, as far as resolving arguments that way," said UofL freshman Kyle Fouse.
For UofL grad student Kaitlyn Young, the shooting hit especially close to home.
"When I first found out about it they didn't know [the victim's identity] and then later they said it was Covington who died and it was a shooting at night," Young said. "So it is scary because we do live close to downtown. So it was like that could have been anyone."
Now Young and others on campus are just hoping and praying for the families and loved ones of those involved.
"Everyone's just really shocked and surprised," Young said. "No one really knows what to think about it because we don't exactly know what happened but everyone is sorry for the family and everyone involved."